Career success and racing glory for UWTSD Motorcycle Engineering graduate


Sam Mousley graduated from UWTSD in 2019 with an MEng in Motorcycle Engineering, and since then his career has gone from strength to strength, working for McLaren as an Engine Calibration Engineer, then moving onto Triumph. Despite a hectic work schedule, Sam continues to race at competitive motorcycle events with former students and Orthrus Racing team members from UWTSD.

Sam recently competed at the Isle of Man TT and credits his success to a love of all things motorbike and the opportunity UWTSD gave him to further his race career.

“I must have loved UWTSD because I decided to spend five years of my life there! I started on the foundation year in 2014, as I never did A-levels, and this was a really good move as not only did it get me up to speed with the maths and science, but I got a head start in the other modules and got to know the lecturers ready for my first year.

At the start of Year 1, myself and five other students founded ‘Orthrus Racing’, a motorcycle race team which we developed over the next four years with great support from the university. Many other students got involved along the way and, with me as the rider, we raced for 4 years on a Yamaha R6 culminating in racing on the Isle of Man Mountain course circuit at the Manx GP where we finished second in the newcomer’s race!

After my final year, I decided I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the university just yet and stayed on for a fifth year to do an integrated master’s degree. I started my master’s thesis on incylinder combustion modelling and due to the excellent industry connections of the university, I was put in touch with McLaren automotive and finished it as a collaboration project with McLaren. This led onto my first job being at McLaren as a calibration engineer. I am now working at my dream job as a calibration engineer for Triumph Motorcycles where I get to develop the traction control systems for new models and ride a lot of bikes!”

Dr Owen Williams, Director of Motorcycle Engineering said: “It is always great to see students make a success, both in their career and their passion. It is rare to see someone make such a success, both academically and on the track, and just shows what can be achieved with hard work, perseverance and a positive attitude!  Best of luck for the future Sam!”

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